Inside the Game: Everett Golson

COLUMBIA, S.C. --- After rolling through the season with just one loss (to nationally ranked Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes) and defeating opponents by an average of 29 points, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) seemed like a lock to repeat as SCHSL Class AAA Championships.

However, Myrtle Beach's passing attack, led by Everett Golson, fell short of matching Clinton's rushing barrage. Thus, the Seahawks were conquered in the title game, 35-26.

Role

Myrtle Beach employs a pass-dominant spread offense, which lines up in three or four wide receiver sets (i.e. Texas Tech). Over 75-percent of the play calls Saturday were passes.

Golson takes the snap from the shotgun almost exclusively. While most quarterbacks in the shotgun are five yards away from center, Golson is roughly seven yards back.

Despite the assumptions, Golson is asked to play like a traditional pocket passer. There are very few designed runs for him and running on pass plays appears to be the absolute last resort.

Myrtle Beach's offense asks Golson to make a wide variety of throws and mixes up the primary routes nicely.

Big Plays

* Late in the first quarter after two consecutive three-and-out drives, Golson caught fire and led Myrtle Beach 73 yards down the field on six plays. On the drive, Golson completed all four of his passes for 50 yards, including the drive ending 20-yard touchdown toss.

"I knew we needed to get on the board," Golson said. "Everything just clicked [on that drive]."

On the touchdown play, Donte Sumpter, the receiver, was running a go route. Golson threw a high velocity, pronounced trajectory pass slightly behind Sumpter, who made a nice adjustment. The ball was put where only his receiver could come up with the catch.

* With 20 seconds remaining in the first half, Golson completed a 52-yard pass that set Myrtle Beach up for a 32-yard field goal.

Although the play was snapped from Myrtle Beach's 32-yard line, Golson actually launched the ball from his own 24. The missile finally lands in the receivers hands at Clinton's 21-yard line (that's 55 yards in the air). Dallas Goodman, the receiver, picked up six additional yards.

"It's just that desire to win," Golson said. "It doesn't really seem that far when I throw it. That desire to win just takes over and gives me a boost."

Statistics

Passing: 17-of-33 (51.5-percent) for 279 yards, 1 interception, 2 touchdowns
Rushing: 5 carries for 16 yards and 1 touchdown
Passing Breakdown: d, I, I, -2, d, 11fd, 11fd, 8, 20t, 14fd, 20fd, I, I, d, I, I, 52fd, I, 9, 10p, I, 8, 22fd, I, 13fd , 4, I, 11fd, I, I, 16t, INT, 57fd, 5
Rushing Breakdown: 7, -8s, 5, 5, 7t

key: d = drop pass, I = incomplete pass, fd = first down, t = touchdown, INT = interception

Evaluation

Especially for his size, Golson has an extremely strong arm. He puts a lot of velocity on all of his passes and seems to have no limit to his deep ball. Although he can make all the passes, he needs to improve on his touch. His accuracy overall is solid.

While in the pocket, Golson is patient and appears to read the defense well – he made very few bad decisions Saturday.

Golson has the open-field running ability of a great returner. He is quick, he is slippery, and has video game-like juking and elusiveness.

Despite his running ability, Golson always looks to pass first. Instead of using his elusiveness to pick up yards on the ground, he will first scramble to give his receivers more time. He will only tuck the ball and run when it's absolutely necessary.

Golson is a leader by example. No matter the score or outcome of a play, he was always composed. On none of the dropped passes did he look flustered or began placing blame. Following the game, he handled the loss well and took responsibility for the losing outcome.

Other Standouts

Clinton's offense was the complete opposite of Myrtle Beach's. Nearly 90-percent of its play calls were designed runs. It was that running game that accumulated 323 yards and ultimately led to Myrtle Beach's demise.

In particular, Myrtle Beach's defense had a difficult time containing Taviouzie Booker. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound tailback scored four rushing touchdowns and had a game-high 150 yards on 39 carries.

Booker's backup, Lavadrick Glenn, also eclipsed the century mark on just 11 carries (9-yard average). Even more impressive is that Glenn is just a freshman (class of '13). The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder also returned kickoffs and scored on a 96-yard return in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory.

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